Psychology

How Scared of Death Are We Really - and How Does It Affect Us?

Jonathan Jong | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Tech
Jonathan Jong

Our reluctance to talk about death is often taken as evidence that we are afraid, and therefore suppress thoughts about it. However, there is little direct evidence to support that we are. So what is a "normal" amount of death anxiety? And how does it manifest itself?

The Psychology of Sticking to a Change

Lucy Maddox | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Maddox

Even when we've weighed up all the pros and cons and decided to do something differently, it can take us a long time to actually alter our behaviour and stick to it.

Understanding Sexual Fetishes

Dr Becky Spelman | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Becky Spelman

Much research has been undertaken to best comprehend the underlying desire behind fetishes, and there is no general black and white consensus, with, ironically, many shades of grey. Here we explore some of the theories I have found most compelling when working directly with patients with fetishes.

The Psychology of Making a Change

Lucy Maddox | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Maddox

One month into 2016 and this is the time when New Year's Resolutions might be wobbling. How can we motivate ourselves to make a change? And then to keep making it? It's easy to make resolutions based on an abstract idea of something we'd like to do or be, but harder to remember this in the day to day reality of making a change.

The Myths That Justify Inequality Are Harming Us All

Bradley Allsop | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

One day we will look back on the myths that propped up this system with the same incredulity and scorn that we now do of claims of a superior race or race- the sooner that day comes, the better it will be for all of us.

Goals: 'Why' Is Often More Important Than 'How'

Dr Paul Wood | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK
Dr Paul Wood

When confronted with forks in the road, with choices that could provide temporary respite, ease and gratification, or lead to the tough work my goals required...I could ask myself the crucial guiding question...what would someone like me, someone with these values, do in this situation?

Six Things You Can Say to Yourself to Combat the Blue Monday Blues

Tayana Simons | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tayana Simons

We underestimate the impact that the time of year has on our mental health, and in a typically British way think that we should be able to power through no matter what. So if you're feeling pretty low at this time of year here are some things we can say to ourselves to combat that mental slump and improve our mood and motivation.

2015 Was the Year of Casual Sex - But Is It Dangerous for Your Psychological Health?

Dr Becky Spelman | Posted 10.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Becky Spelman

During my career as a psychologist in clinical practice, if there's one word I have heard more than any other from the thousands of patients I have consulted with it's 'sex',. However, in 2015 the frequency and depth of sex in my patients' lives appeared to increase in its importance, seemingly due to the ever increasingly sexualised and consumerist society we live in.

The Realities of Being an Identical Twin

Laura Jopson | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Jopson

It's a little like being asked what it's like having a pair of lungs. I don't know - Good? Useful? Essential? Being a twin makes up my DNA: my twin-ness sits snugly inside each and every cell that makes up my body. It's why we have the same colour eyes; the same colour hair and tiny wrists. It's why I am me and she is, well, she.

Why the Start of a New Year Can be a Daunting Prospect for Many of Us

BritChick Paris | Posted 31.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

For at the end of the year there is a tendency for low self-esteemers like I used to be to look back with grey tinted glasses. 'I didn't go on that diet', 'I didn't get promoted', 'I didn't meet the one'. Social networks compound this by focussing on the glossy sides of life, making the gloomy crew feel even more useless, rubbish.

Soul Groups and the Psychologist

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 22.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Koay

A soul group is simply a collection of people who gravitate and travel through life - or part of life - together. They could be from completely different histories, social backgrounds, age groups and interests, who happen to meet under the most extraordinary or the most nondescript circumstances.

Are Psychologists Always Analysing You?

Martyn Stewart | Posted 17.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Stewart

Why do people fear psychologists? Why are people worried that we'll single you out for mental interrogation? Anyone who's ever taken a psych class or has a book by Freud on the shelf, has probably met somebody suspicious of your educational interests...

Thriving

Laura Humphreys | Posted 17.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Laura Humphreys

It's been six weeks since I started the Thrive Programme with Thrive with Amy. I was due my final session on Tuesday but, due to viral nasties knocki...

Managing Social Anxiety and Party Phobia During the 'Social Season'

Professor Ewan Gillon | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Ewan Gillon

This time of year is popular for social engagements such as office parties, fun get-togethers with friends and festive family gatherings. But for many sufferers of social anxiety, this can be the most traumatic time of the year. While many people look forward to a good knees-up, those with social anxieties may experience feelings of dread as the party season approaches.

Five Surprising Findings About Death and Dying

Jonathan Jong | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan Jong

Few of us find taxes exciting, but death - even just thinking about it - affects us profoundly in many different ways. This is why researchers across so many different fields study it from their perspectives. Here are five research findings - biochemical, medical, genetic, sociological and psychological - that you may not be aware of.

People Who Believe Pseudo-Profound Quotes Might Be Stupid

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK Tech

If you are inspired by wise-sounding statements then you probably have a low intelligence level, a new study has found. A teams of researchers from...

The Life-Changing Power of a Smile

Charlotte Cramer | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK
Charlotte Cramer

I rearranged my scarf to cover my nose; pulled my fingers out of my gloves and curled them into my palms, making a fist. "It's freezing...it's freezin...

Why Now Is the Worst Time to Respond to the Paris Attacks

Michael Bond | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK
Michael Bond

People do things when they're angry and scared that they live to regret. This is an everyday truth, but when the deeds are done by governments the consequences can be calamitous.

How to Beat the Bullies

Professor Ewan Gillon | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Ewan Gillon

The most important thing is to stay healthy as this will mean you're firing on all cylinders physically, emotionally and psychologically when facing the bully. Bullies crave an emotional response so do your best to remain calm and rational, no matter how upset you may be feeling inside.

The Blank Slate, Still Intellectual Ammo After 13 Years

Thomas Moorton | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Tech
Thomas Moorton

Morally the blank slate is indefensible as well as intellectually. Is it better to say that discrimination is wrong because everyone is indistinguishable, or that we have free will because people's actions are mysterious? Well no Dr. Pinker rightly points out.

EVA Park: a Virtual World to Help With Speech Recovery

Lucy Maddox | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Tech
Lucy Maddox

The team at City University London have created an online multi-user virtual world set on an island called EVA Park that lets people with aphasia practise communicating. Each person in the virtual world is represented by an avatar.

Comparing Down: A Life Lesson From Maximum Security Prison

Dr Paul Wood | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK
Dr Paul Wood

One of the most useful skills I learnt during over a decade in prison was to be thankful that things weren't even worse. In psychology this is known as comparing down and helps make you grateful for what you have. Comparing down was a skill that I learnt in New Zealand's toughest maximum-security prison, Paremero.

Raising Happy Children

Professor Ewan Gillon | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK Parents
Professor Ewan Gillon

Every parent wants their child to grow up to be a happy and confident adult so it's a sobering thought that half a million children in the UK are dealing with anxiety or depression. These issues can often develop as a result of low self-esteem, and the impact of social media on youngsters' self-confidence is being widely debated as a result.

Is Living in the City Bad for Our State of Mind?

Lucy Maddox | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK Tech
Lucy Maddox

The geotagging - which says where you are - can then be used to compare with existing mapping data to see whether you are in a deprived or affluent area, whether there are many trees or rivers nearby, and even what levels of pollution there are.

Addiction - Why Connection Could Be Part Of The Solution

Martine Booth | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK
Martine Booth

Ask people to name something that you can become addicted to and of course straight off the bat the two most popular answers will probably be drugs an...